Google’s answer to 3D Touch is destined to fail

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Google's next Pixel phones will be squeezable.
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Google’s next-generation Pixel smartphones will finally give pure Android lovers an alternative to the iPhone’s 3D Touch. But it won’t be anywhere near as good.

Instead of using pressure-sensitive displays like Apple, the company is said to be ripping off the new HTC U11’s squeezable edges.

Verdict on Google’s E.U. tax bill could have big implications for Apple

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Giant tax bill against Google has been overturned by a French court.
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A Paris court has thrown out the 1.11 billion euros ($1.27 billion) tax bill that France’s tax authorities were demanding from Google — although the French government has said it will appeal the decision.

The verdict could potentially have implications for Apple, which has also found itself on the receiving end of a costly tax bill in the E.U.

Why Apple Watch should be worried about its latest rival

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The new Ticwatch starts at just $99 if you act fast.
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Apple Watch has a new rival, and it’s one that Apple should be worried about. That’s not because the new Ticwatch is better, but because it’s ultra-affordable at under $100.

For that, you get a simple and colorful design, GPS tracking, heart rate monitoring, and Android Wear 2.0.

Galaxy S8 does little to disrupt iPhone 7 sales

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iPhone 8 rumors haven't had an impact yet, either.
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iPhone 7 sales remain “steady” despite the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and a flood of iPhone 8 rumors.

A new report suggests that Apple’s most recent smartphone is dominating the premium smartphone market in the U.S. alongside its main rival, and there’s little sign of a mass-holdout for the big refresh this fall.

Apple News may let publishers charge readers

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It will support podcasts and Bixby Voice.
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Apple may be planning to loosen its tight control of the way ads are run on the Apple News app. And that could mean big bucks for publishers.

A money fix for the app is supposedly in the works, according to a new report that claims publishers potentially could soon make the same amount of money off ads in Apple News as they do from their own websites.

5 predictions of what iPhone will look like in 10 years

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A lot has change since 2007.
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Antitrust investigators slam Google with $2.7 billion fine

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The E.U. regulators are hitting out at Google.
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Google has been fined 2.4 billion euros ($2.7 billion) by European Union regulators for reportedly skewing its search results in a way that hurts smaller shopping search services.

In addition to the massive fine, Google has been told that if it doesn’t stop its “illegal” suppression of rival price comparison services within 90 days, the European Commission will fine it up to 5 percent of its daily revenue.